The problem with always trying to “make things work” is, well… it starts to feel like work — and who wants that? If we label the process as work from the outset we may be unknowingly hindering our enthusiasm and creativity to accomplish the goal.
Today marks the beginning of another one of my 90 day travel blitzes, starting with New York City (I love this place).
While it’s strange to live out of a suitcase, it genuinely rejuvenates me. There is something about living with only a few items and seeing your environment change everyday as you experience new cultural undertones and meet completely new people.
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There’s no mystery here. It’s simply a matter of the physics of time. There are only so many hours in a day and days in a year. Time is a standard metric for everyone (at least until time machines are invented).
But the greatest defining factor of productivity and fulfillment is how we spend the limited time we have. No, this is not a matter of living life in “top gear” 100% of the time; it’s a matter living life “engaged” as much as possible. Quite simply, this means maximizing time spent doing things that make you feel alive. It’s been said many times before: life is too short and too long to spend it doing too many things you don’t like to do.
Even if the world is grey around you, you don’t have to follow suit. You still have the opportunity to light yourself up. In fact, the quality of your life depends you on doing so… frequently.
I like heading the airport and following the departure signs. Not because I like sitting on planes, but because I like the idea of departing from the familiar and beginning a new adventure. Call me crazy, but I enjoy challenging predictable circumstances. It keeps life interesting and forces you to be mentally sharp and engaged. You certainly can’t live an “uncommon life” if your daily life becomes a common collection of routines…
There are two ways I view this maxim:
Being grateful for what we have
Working towards creating more options in life
To point #1: If you’re reading this, you’re wealthy.
Many people on earth (not including you…
When elephants are being trained to stay in one place at a very young age the trainers drive a stake deep in the ground and use a rope or chain that the elephant cannot break. After a few failed attempts to break free in the elephant’s youth, the elephant stops trying and never tests the rope again.
Hidden in plain sight is the ingredient of a deeply satisfying life. We all enjoy having lady luck shine favorably upon us, but nothing replaces the satisfaction that comes from taking initiative and personal action.
Fear can serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.
Doubt is a very human emotion and can, at times, serve a valuable purpose, but sometimes it merely holds us back from living the life we really want. In these cases, it’s completely okay to submit your letter of resignation.
At the crazed pace we live today, sometimes the hardest place to be is where you are. We constantly and easily drift mentally or worse, emotionally.
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